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Newly launched ‘Cellhire on Demand’ gives businesses the ability to regain control over employee’s data roaming costs in 98+ countries worldwide.

Newly launched ‘Cellhire on Demand’ gives businesses the ability to regain control over employee’s data roaming costs in 98+ countries worldwide. A central pool of SIM cards and MiFi devices is provided and stored on site, ensuring instant availability and abolishing the need for multiple shipping charges, saving businesses money.

Cellhire on Demand’s secure online portal gives businesses complete control over their company’s usage and displays an overview of all active data bundles. Over-the air SIM activation and deactivation, the ability to re-assign SIM cards to specific users at any time and a barring function to manage theft & loss is now possible thanks to Cellhire’s innovative in-house app.

“Compared to the current process of phoning your network provider to enable a costly roaming data bolt-on, Cellhire On Demand is instant and provides more data at cheaper rates whilst placing you entirely in control of every connection. What’s more, the data can be shared securely between multiple phones, laptops and tablets by using a MiFi.” quotes Matt Bennett, UK Managing Director.

The ability to activate and deactivate data bundles leads to a reduction in data roaming costs and is easy to manage. Receive early high usage warnings with daily alerts and reduce overage bills with the ability to automatically deactivate or renew data bundles once the bundle limit has been reached.

For further information visit www.cellhire.co.uk/ondemand or to arrange a trial, please contact Cellhire +44 (0) 1904 610 610 or email uksales@cellhire.com

UK News, US News

Vismo awarded patent for GPS tracking technology

Vismo
York, UK. Vismo, the Global Tracking Solutions specialist, has been awarded a patent for its technology for GPS tracking on mobile devices. The company previously had a patent pending and has now secured a full patent for its unique operation.

The awarded patent, GB2470376, specifically covers the design behind the algorithms and innovative operations of the Vismo tracking software to optimise location accuracy with minimal battery drain.

The algorithms use a combination of metrics from the phone such as speed, GPS, network information and cell tower locations to determine optimal accuracy for locations from the device, without incurring the large battery drain usually typical of GPS tracking applications.

vismoFundamental to the approach is how Vismo utilizes the functionality of mobile devices, minimising the use of navigational sensors by placing them into hibernation between pre-determined intervals and using environmental information to quickly locate a device without lengthy GPS warm-up periods. Ultimately, this produces a chronological ‘trail’ following a user’s location point-by-point on a map.

Colin Dale, Business Development Director at Vismo says, ‘We have always prided ourselves on the unique operation of our app and we are delighted to be recognised as owning the technology. One of our key USPs is maintaining such comprehensive and accurate international tracking while stretching battery life as much as possible.’

Vismo is available across all major mobile platforms including iOS, Android and Windows. For more information visit www.vismo.com.

About Vismo

Vismo is an innovative patented technology which has been developed in response to customer demand by Cellhire plc, a leading Global Service Provider of mobile communications based in the UK.

Cellhire is a Queen’s Award winning independent company that has been in business since 1987 and has Operations and Customer Support in the USA, UK, France, Germany, Japan and Brazil. The Company works with network operators globally to provide short and long term mobile communication services for some of the leading companies in the world.

With users in 180 countries around the world, Vismo is a proven and scalable Global Tracking Solution with a large number of Fortune 500 companies currently engaged as clients or in active trials.

UK News

Beware of Free WiFi

Using public WiFi can be unsecure and even dangerous affecting both your personal data and potentially, your bank balance.Cellhire MiFi

If you’re out and about traveling and you need to access your personal accounts on various platforms including internet banking and social media, you might find that you’re walking right in to the arms of cyber criminals.

Most café and hotel WiFi is insecure allowing anyone with the right know-how to hijack your traffic and steal your information. Among the most common threats are “man in the middle” attacks where hackers insert themselves between users and a hotspot to gather data passing between two points. Other problems include rogue hotspots with names like “Free Public Wi-Fi”, tricking people into connecting to what they think are legitimate hotspots. Cyber criminals set these up to steal information from unsuspecting users.

One reason for the increase in Wi-Fi hacking is the proliferation of Wi-Fi hotspots. Figures from a report commissioned by the Wireless Broadband Alliance show the number of Wi-Fi hotspots reached 1.3m worldwide in 2013 and will rise to 5.8m in 2015.

Tools such as Firesheep make it easy for a hacker to snoop on other people’s browsing sessions over Wi-Fi and steal information. Other more advanced tools like Wireshark can also be used to capture and analyse traffic.

Instead of using free WiFi and taking these risks, you can take a MiFi device from Cellhire which offers a secure connection for all of your personal data. Don’t take unnecessary risks with security, why would you when you can rent a MiFi from Cellhire for as little as £19.99?

To find out more information of the security implications of using Free Public WiFi watch this recent article on the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p033jm0f

UK News

Cellhire Supports local York Against Cancer golf day

Tim Williams, Cellhire Chairman & Chief Executive pictured centre left.
Tim Williams, Cellhire Chairman & Chief Executive pictured centre left.

A team of Cellhire golfers went to represent the company and help raise money for York Against Cancer last Thursday 2nd July .

Cellhire also took the opportunity to offer further support by sponsoring one of the holes on the day helping York Against Cancer raise a total of £12,500.

York Against Cancer is a small independent local charity. The money raised locally is spent locally to help and support cancer patients and their families.

UK News, US News

Cellhire Strengthens Presence in Brazil

York, UK. Cellhire, the international mobile solutions specialist, has opened a new office in Sao Paulo to capitalise on the expanding Brazilian market and build a platform to serve its global customer base for the Olympics that Brazil will host in 2016. The event will be used as a springboard to further establish the new office and gain a strong domestic foothold for business after the Olympics.

Cellhire's Martyn Stevens
Cellhire’s Martyn Stevens

Last year Cellhire delivered over 14,000 connections at the FIFA World Cup as both business and media descended on Brazil for one of the biggest events in the world. Cellhire has laid the appropriate foundations to maximise Brazil’s next big event in 2016 and capitalise on the growing Brazilian market. Cellhire will be offering voice and data connections, supporting live reporting from Rio to news desks around the world.

Martyn Stevens, Director of International Business Development at Cellhire says “Our new office in Brazil is a fantastic opportunity for Cellhire to break into Latin America and build on the back of our success at the FIFA World Cup. We’re looking forward to Rio 2016 and we have our unique network agreements in place to really make the most of it and to get our latest office off to a great start.”

The Olympics kick off in Rio in August 2016 and Cellhire has already secured some major connection numbers for the event with some customers traveling out to Brazil as early as May 2016.

UK News

The Fall of EU Roaming Costs

The EU has been working hard to reduce the cost of roaming throughout Europe, it is now the cheapest it’s ever been, however it is still not cheap enough.

In 2013 the European Commission proposed to abolish roaming charges by December 2015. In January 2015 a proposal was made to delay this until mid-2018.

The EC’s Anndrus Ansip, the European Commission’s vice-president for the digital single market, recently attacked governments across Europe for being unsupportive in abolishing roaming fees, calling the current compromise “a joke” at a European Voice Event held in Brussels.

EU-Data

As of May 2015, the latest leaked proposal would give users up to 100MB of data, 100 minutes of calls, and 50 texts at domestic rates while roaming, per year. Any roaming charges thereafter would not be allowed to exceed the EU limits for inter-operator wholesale prices, which for data is €0.05 per MB. Under this proposal 1GB of data would cost around €50.

Businesses are using more and more data to keep connected overseas, so even with the current EU rates don’t assume bill shock is a thing of the past just yet.

Luckily, Cellhire’s unique partnerships and global position allow us to offer big data bundles from less than 1p per MB, even in the EU.

Check out our full range of data roaming offers at www.cellhire.co.uk.

UK News

Cellhire launches all new cellhire.com in the US

This July saw the launch of the all new cellhire.com US website, offering a new range of mobile products for customers travelling abroad from the US. The new product range focusses on offering a smaller but more flexible selection of voice and data solutions.

Cellhire.com now includes purchase products for voice allowing customers to choose from a phone and SIM or SIM-only solution which covers either international or European destinations. In a departure from the traditional Cellhire rental approach, customers now pay a single fee and keep their devices, SIM cards and numbers. There are no recurring charges and customers only receive a bill for calls when they are made.

The major new addition to the portfolio is a prepaid data offer allowing customers to choose data bundle sizes ranging from 200MB to 1GB from as little as $29, with the additional option of adding a MiFi mobile hotspot device for only $59. Customers can buy data bundles to use in multiple zones around the world including 33 countries in Europe and two further zones, one adding key global destinations to the Europe package and the final zone covering most of the world’s key destinations.

New and existing Cellhire US customers looking for rentals products can still find these products at cellhire.com/rentals where all of Cellhire’s classic rental products covering 100 specific countries around the world are still on offer. The Rentals site has also had a full revamp to reflect the new Cellhire style.

UK News

Cellhire makes HSBC Global Connections finalists

Cellhire, the international mobile solutions specialist, has been shortlisted along with 44 other regional finalists in the UK as part of the HSBC Global Connections competition.

Over the past three years, the HSBC Global Connections Competition has sent 138 dynamic businesses to International Exchanges in some of the world’s fastest-growing markets and awarded access to over £3bn in funding. This year the field was widened to take in companies with a turnover of up to £100m.

The 45 Regional Finalists in the competition represent businesses across the UK which show the innovation, distinctiveness and strategic thinking that makes them future global players. The 45 finalists will progress to the regional finals in June and face a panel of judges who will whittle the list down to select National Finalists before the overall winners for 2014 are decided.

Tim Williams, Cellhire’s Chairman and CEO said: “We are absolutely delighted to be shortlisted out of so many businesses across the UK. HSBC’s recognition of our progress expanding globally is greatly appreciated and I am very much looking forward to June.”

The next 12 months will see Cellhire supply competing teams, key sponsors and the worlds’ media with telecoms as they attend the FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Recent successes for the business have included delivering over 15,000 connections at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Cellhire plans to continue expanding its existing business portfolio internationally, particularly in BRIC economies.

For more information on the HSBC Global Connections competition, visit the HSBC website at:https://globalconnections.hsbc.com/united-kingdom/en/

UK News

Cellhire to supply Cannes Marché du Film 2014

May 2014 will see the 67th Festival de Cannes and Cellhire will again be the official supplier of the Marché du Film for the 14th consecutive year. Throughout the festival critics, producers, distributors, film crews and stars will be able to keep in touch and stay online thanks to Cellhire’s portfolio of voice and data solutions specifically designed for festival attendees. Smartphones, mobile WiFi routers and SIM only products are among those on offer at the event.

Through a unique agreement with Orange France, Cellhire is able to offer 4G service and excellent coverage in Cannes and across France. The company will also be supporting its customers at the event itself with a team of Cellhire specialists on site at the Palais des Festivals venue. Offering on-site support allows Cellhire to maintain its signature high levels of customer service and gives attendees the option to collect and return their equipment at the main Festival venue.

Cellhire’s Aymeric Bouffard, Managing Director of Americas and Mainland Europe said “We are delighted to be supporting the Festival de Cannes for another year. Our partnerships with Marché du Film and Orange France have enabled us to offer some of our fastest products yet to more customers than ever before.”

Cellhire is offering 4G data speeds of up to 150Mb/s for the first time at Cannes. The choice of 3G and 4G data speeds are on offer for all attendees, both are available with mobile WiFi hotspot devices to share the connection between multiple devices on the go.

Cellhire is also behind the Cinando iPhone app, giving Marché du Film participants access to the film industry at their fingertips.

Jérôme Paillard, Executive Director of Marché du Film commented “Cellhire has developed a wonderful mobile app that is quick, clear and makes great use of the iPhone user interface, helping us bring the power of the Cinando database to our members at film festivals and markets throughout the year”.

UK News

Cellhire launches fixed line channel

Cellhire, the international communications specialist, is now able to offer a range of new solutions to business customers, including Office broadband, line rental and next generation voice services. Cellhire’s Fixed Line portfolio is made up of market leading products from some of the UK’s biggest providers, allowing the company to offer truly independent solutions to best fit customer’s requirements. The business is able to provide calls and line packages and connectivity that are tailored to meet the specific communications requirements of businesses. From single analogue business lines to complex multi-site solutions, the range of products and services are highly scalable, meaning they can evolve with a business as it grows.

Working with partners including Vodafone, BT and Gamma, Cellhire has created a portfolio of converged solutions ideal for business customers. Cellhire’s existing mobile relationship with Vodafone has enabled the company to adapt quickly and ready the business to deliver solutions across the UK.

Initial products on offer will include standard lines, DSL, ISDN and SIP trunking as well as dedicated internet access channels. As part of a fully converged solution, Cellhire also offers its business mobile service, Cellhire Connect, delivering many cost saving benefits such as free inter-business calls.

Matt Bennett, Cellhire’s UK Managing Director said, “Cellhire’s distinguished history in the telecoms sector provides us with an ideal platform to launch these new services. We already have excellent relationships with our partners having worked with them for so many years and we’re looking forward to delivering first class solutions and service to our customers and growing our portfolio in 2014.”

The company had a record year in 2012 delivering mobile communications to key Olympic sponsors, Olympic Organisations and the world’s media as they travelled to London for the Games. This was followed by similar success at the recent Winter Olympics in Russia. This has given the business the opportunity and momentum to expand in to new markets.

“The time is right for us to move in to converged telecoms and our success at the London Olympics has given us the investment power crucial to succeeding in the market place. We expect Fixed Line to be very lucrative for the UK business and we want to do it right, with the right people and the appropriate investment to make it successful.” said Mr Bennett.

More information on Cellhire’s new converged solutions is available on its UK website at www.cellhire.co.uk/fixedline.